iPads & Inquiry

In Year 3 of the Arts Educator 2.0 project, participants were given an iPad. Teachers have been charged with using them as a tool for professional development. Many have incorporated the iPad into their group line of inquiry, as well as investigating its use in instructional settings.

Below are examples of how teachers are using the iPad to innovate in their respective art, music, and theatre settings.


Each of our "Collaborative Inquiry Groups" (CIGs) have been tasked with documenting their learning.
Below are images and links to some of the best examples of documentation of the iPad's role in the inquiry process.


"The 5th Grade students signed-up in pairs to work on the ipad during an exploratory art lesson with a variety of materials. They were to explore different apps, discuss which they liked best, create a piece of artwork together and then share it with the rest of the classroom."

App: Sculpt - The sixth grade class is making abstract additive wood sculptures. In order to reinforce the difference between the additive and subtractive technique, the students are also creating sculptures with the ipad, using both techniques. The students are then to write an artist statement about their two sculptures, and comparing the ipad sculpture to the wood sculpture.

I used the lady bug now with my 7th grade class. They are working on a still life in my room I always do a demo to start class to explain a part of their picture. So instead of having 25 of them surrounded around me they could all stay at their seats and watch the screen. I also was able to use my ipad with the lady bug to show examples of Lichtenstein to the 6th grade for their stipple project.

This is an actual image capture from a special needs student. The app is the free Splatter HD app that makes splatter paintings like Jackson Pollock. The student loved this app, as did the other students in the room that got to try it.

iPad apps for students with special needs
I have a student in 4th grade that has special needs. He comes to me with an aide. We work with him using the hand over hand technique. He does not hold any materials on his own but he seems to really enjoy using the iPad. I think he likes the graphics and the ease of just using a finger. We still need to make sure that he stays on task but he works more independently. Some of the apps that I have tried with him are: Splatter HD, Tesla Toy, Mirror Paint Lite, Meritum Paint, Glow Draw, Handpaint, Line Art & Forge of Neon.

What is great about the iPad is that you can use the apps and draw with your finger and save them as a picture. You just hold down the round button with the power button and it will take a photo of whatever is on your screen.

I save the image that he is working on and I connect the iPad to my laptop and download the photos and print his artwork to take home.

Orange CIG

iPad in the Classroom

---I use the iPad every day for my own productivity keeping notes,
hunting down resources on the internet and reading. The iPad
certainly helps my students in that I can and do keep text resources

---I use the iPad with my phone hotspot making it portable
in my classes to share videos from YouTube.

---Yesterday in my Acting classes, I experimented with using the iPad
to collect student input after a lesson as a formative assessment.
I typed up what they said they learned from the acting exercises
and I am going to make a Wordle of it to share. Next week I plan
on letting the students collect this reflection themselves.

---You can show discovery education and netflix instant
watch movies from the iPad, too. Of course, you need internet access.

---I like to let the kids play “Rainbow Notes” to work on their note
reading and “Drum Meister” for rhythm practice. Mostly I use
the Tempo app for a good metronome during band. I plug it in
to our sound system and it works great. Of course the kids groan
and call it Chinese water torture, but they play better!

Google Doc of iPad Apps

Blue CIG

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First Lesson Utilizing Kids on iPad
First, I needed a way to have the whole class see the ipad.
Free webcam software http://www.yawcam.com/
allowed me to use a cheap webcam viewed full screen
like a document camera.
Then one lucky student drew lines in the soundrop
app to create a simple audio pattern.
The class was then given the challenge of finding the pentatonic
pitches on their xylophones and metallophones that would match the
pattern from the ipad app. I then gave small groups opportunities to
come up with a pattern that contained the same pitches and could be played
along with the ipad audio.
This was a huge motivational tool for my 3rd graders and really inspired
collaboration in finding appropriate accompaniments and
challenged them to maintain a steady tempo, matching an interactive
and visual metronome that started out as a “video game.”
The up side to teaching the same lesson to 9 different groups of children,
is the ability to tweak it each time. Guiding the group collaboration took some
guidance to make sure that it was in a supportive and productive fashion…

Take a listen to the results of the student project!

"Cheap Document Cam"


Graphing is Not So Boring

Below you can watch a bit of a video blog entry explaining the
warm-up process that I start my third grade recorder lessons with.
The iPad app used is beatwave. Students intuitively create music
patterns that then provide a musical metronome that students
improvise echoing patterns over. Within the first seven minutes
of a music class, one child creates a musical loop pattern on the
ipad, another child composes a 4 beat recorder pattern on the
smartboard, the rest of class decodes and practices the pattern
of the day, one student volunteers to be a student leader improvising
patterns to challenge the class to see if they have accurately decoded
the recorder pattern displayed on the smartboard. All with fun
motivational music created on the iPad by students playing in the
background. It took a couple of music classes to work the wrinkles
out of the procedures to make this happen, but totally rewarded by
the results of the process.

Our sixth grade were able to visit the Carnegie Museum of Art.
The tour was a perfect addition to our curriculum.
We concluded in the hall of architecture with cameras. The students were
given a handout where they had to search for a subject,
take “creative view” pictures and record the title.
One member from each group were asked to complete the
story using the Adobe App(free).
Each IPad was equipped with fragments of statues and they
had to complete the statue.
I demonstrated how to use the palette and enlarging an area to complete the task
(the best way is to demonstrate how to write their names along
the edge by enlarging the picture,when it returns to size it looks good).
When they completed their statue of choice,
they had to pick someone else in their group and teach them how to use the app.


Yellow CIG

Green CIG

Purple CIG

iPads in the Classroom

As part of our on-site workshops at IU1, we have begun to hold informal "iPad Focus Group" sessions during lunchtime. Below are samples of some of the best idea sharing which has come out of those sessions. Enjoy!

Joycelyn Gazi

Bentworth SD, Art

Casey Bennett

West Greene SD, Art

Lauren Nemchick

Uniontown SD, Art

Mary Kendall

Albert Gallatin SD, Music

Sherry Knight

Trinity SD, Art

Bob Tupper

Peters Township SD, Music

Amy White

Uniontown SD, Art

Lorraine Kelley

Washington SD, Theatre, Communications, and Social Studies

Caitlin Walter

Beth-Center SD, Art

Michael Bruno

West Greene SD, Music

Kristen Ward

Central Greene SD, Art